Zoya: Cynthia

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Since this is a Zoya review, I thought that before I got down business that I should mention the fact that Zoya is having an amazing promo right now.  It’s a BOGO promo for up to 8 bottles (buy 4, get 4 free).  Sadly though, customers who had previously set up an account on their site as of August 22, 2012 have access to this.  If you would like to see the full terms and conditions of this promotion and exactly how it works, please click here.  Now back to the business at hand!

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand: Zoya

Collection:  Smoke (& Mirrors) Fall 2011

Finish:  Cream

Amount of Product:  14ml / 0.5 fl oz.

Formula:  Average

Application:  Average

Durability:  Good

Coats:  2

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

Price:  $4.09 – $8 USD, $8.75 – $9.00 Canada, €12,95 Germany, £8.99 – £11.00 UK,

Availability:  In the United States you can purchase directly from Zoya, Birchbox and Amazon.com as well in some Ulta stores (it is not available for order via the Ulta website though).  Canadians can find Zoya products at Spa Boutique and Nail Polish Canada. The only place I know where Zoya is available in Germany is Amazon.de at the moment.  In the UK you can find Zoya at the following sites: Nail Care Club, Amarya, Health Store and the Amazon.co.uk as well.

My Two Cents:   I was super surprised by how easy this was to remove considering the fact that it is such a dark heavily pigmented color.  I do always use a base coat but sometimes still end up with a bit of staining with dark colors and reds but that was definitely not the case with Cynthia.  With that said though, I just do not seem to have the best luck with Zoya’s cream polish.  I only own two of their cream polishes to be honest but both of them seem super thick.  So the formula of this one was a little tricky to work with, especially in comparison to other Zoya polishes I have that have different finishes.  Cynthia is a gorgeous color though so I will just suck it up and make it work.

Tips:  Use a good base & top coat.

Something Similar:  L’oréal Paris 335 “Mystery,” and Jessica “Frost At All Cost”

If you have a previously set up Zoya account be sure to check out the BOGO promo.  If you don’t already have an account, set one up and be sure to like their Facebook page as well in order to be notified of future promo’s.  Zoya is really a terrific brand and company.  I was introduced to their products by a good friend of mine just over a year ago to be honest and I was sold upon applying that first bottle of Jules.  The fact that they have gone the extra mile to make their nail polish free of harmful products so that they are even safe enough for all you pregnant yummy mummies impresses me so much.  I can also attest to the amazing customer service that they provide as I’ve experienced it myself and heard other’s sing their praises as well.  So please don’t let my little gripes deter you from giving them a try because it certainly hasn’t deterred me.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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